This is a violation of human rights! Those with outstanding warrants for their arrests, are innocent until proven guilty. We should not be depriving and punishing innocent individuals. Besides, the government has not even done the research or have stats for how many individuals rely on welfare and have outstanding warrants for serious offences. My guess is, the number would be very small. We should be focusing our efforts, not on this small population, but on preventing crime in the first place with more programs and assistance to those living in impoverished neighbourhoods. Also, some people may have warrants out for their arrest and are unaware. Denying those people welfare, also impacts their family and children, if they also, rely on social assistance. If people with outstanding warrants are relying on social assistance and are receiving checks, the police should easily be able to track them down and arrest them at their residence. This seems like the more sensible option, as opposed to denying welfare to all of those innocent people with outstanding warrants. Plus, it is less expensive.
Tom Brodbeck, you need to educate yourself about criminal law. People with outstanding warrants, are not considered criminals. We cannot give them that label, because they are innocent until proven guilty. That is one of the most fundamental elements of our justice system. Apparently, Brodbeck is not aware of that! Also, we cannot label these people dangerous. You cannot say that for certain. I am glad the NDP government squashed this bill! At least they have some reason and logic and can see that the Conservatives have no research to support their bill. It was not evidence-based.